The Enigma Stolen

The Enigma Stolen

by Charles Breakfield, Roxanne Burkey

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A brilliant mathematician and spoiled rich girl, Gretchen, is focused on harnessing Big Data and computing power to control the world stock markets not only to optimize her family’s wealth but also to control the future.

As a descendent of the Nazi Werewolf Clan, is Gretchen being maneuvered into leveraging unlimited computer power along with the ethical nihilism to manipulate lives, or just stretching her genius?

Is Gretchen working alone or is she adding additional computing sources from the Dark Net?

The R-Group, a high-level information gathering and security team, composed of Quip, Otto, Jacob, and Petra along with Julie and Juan’s fledgling group of Cyber Assassin Technology Services teams are trying to isolate the source of the massive computing power required.

Could these cyber schemers be as good at analyzing the information as the R-Group themselves?

Are people unwittingly feeding an ever-growing tsunami of information into increasingly sophisticated computer systems? This begs the question: who controls whom?

Breakfield and Burkey shared their 5th book, The Enigma Stolen, from their award-winning series focused on the relevant world of Big Data and analytics. This one will make you ask who are the winners when humans are herded to a machine's targeted end point?

What Readers are Saying

KirkusThe covert Werewolf Clan, with ties to Nazis, may be responsible and has been using a computer program to accurately predict stock futures. But it has an even more ambitious plan to link supercomputers around the world and potentially manipulate the future.”

Wow this series gets better and better with every book I feel. Stakes are high in this one. More people are using the technology to hire assassins to go after high profile people.”

“Yes, I am hooked. I love the way the plot twists and turns throughout the book. As one completes, another arises.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946858122
Publisher: The Enigma Partnership LLC
Publication date: 04/26/2017
Series: Enigma Series , #5
Edition description: Revised with New ISBN ed.
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Breakfield - Works for a high-tech manufacturer as a solution architect, functioning in hybrid data/telecom environments. He considers himself a long-time technology geek, who also enjoys writing, studying World War II his¬tory, travel, and cultural exchanges. Charles' love of wine tastings, cooking, and Harley riding has found ways into the stories. As a child, he moved often because of his father's military career, which even now helps him with the various character perspectives he helps bring to life in the series. He continues to try to teach Burkey humor.

Burkey - Works as a business architect who builds solutions for customers on a good technology foundation. She has written many technology papers, white papers, but finds the freedom of writing fiction a lot more fun. As a child, she helped to lead the kids with exciting new adventures built on make believe characters, a Girl Scout until high school, and contributed to the community as a young member of a Head Start program. Rox enjoys family, learning, listening to people, travel, outdoor activities, sewing, cooking, and thinking about how to diversify the series.

Breakfield and Burkey started writing non-fictional papers and books, but it wasn't nearly as fun as writing fictional stories. They found it interesting to use the aspects of technology that people are incorporating into their daily lives more and more as a perfect way to create a good guy/bad guy story with elements of travel to the various places they have visited either professionally and personally, humor, romance, intrigue, suspense, and a spirited way to remember people who have crossed paths with them. They love to talk about their stories with private and public book readings. Burkey also conducts regular interviews of Texas authors, which she finds very interesting. Her first interview was, wait for it, Breakfield. You can often find them at local book fairs or other family oriented events.

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The Enigma Stolen 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sarah Nantais More than 1 year ago
The thrilling adventures of our favourite crews are back in The Enigma Stolen, by Roxanne Burkey and Charles Breakfield. In this fifth installment we are brought into a scene where there is much loss, and little gain. A difficult discussion between father and daughter: a transaction of human life and a cold closing to a young life. This is an important tone to set for the journey we are about to take into the world of R-Group, ICABOD, Petra, Jacob, EZ, Julie and Juan. In this installment, we are not along for the ride as a large corporation or government body is being taken down. No, this story feels much more personal than ever before. Burkey and Breakfield are clearly good at their craft. Their books are consistently intelligent, thrilling and excellent to read. By transposing book five in the series to an audio format, we get to enjoy the voice of Derek Shoales. His ability to transform into several people of varying genders, ethnicities and personalities is superb. There are always little snags when you have a cast as diverse as the ones that grace the landscapes of an Enigma book, but they do not detract from the overall quality. The only true element that could be seen as a detraction, revolves around a scene in which there is unexpectedly vile sexual content. It’s one thing to be surprised by this in the printed word, but to hear it being spoken out loud makes it all the more uncomfortable. The core of the story, where technology and the ability it has to change the potential future of the world are toyed with by those with unsavoury palates is still exciting and fun to listen to. It’s almost like sitting with that aunt or uncle who has lived an exciting life and they are regaling you with tales of wonder. It does get a little hard to follow if you are not adept with technical terms or have a hard time grasping mathematical concepts, but it’s still an enjoyable listen. The fifth installment in the Enigma series, The Enigma Stolen by Roxanne Burkey and Charles Breakfield is definitely a positive continuation of the tales we have come to know and love. With only one glaring issue this book gives us a deeper look at our cast members while bringing in some new ones. It may seem a tad bit daunting for those who are not technologically savvy to be able to follow along as Derek Shoales leads us on this adventure, but it is definitely a good listen.
Rae Capri More than 1 year ago
For whatever reason, there is always someone somewhere believing that they can take over the world and the easiest method is through technology. Stemmed from this idea the supercomputer was born and all other technology had to have some connection to it, could this lead in the ultimate technology domination? Unfortunately, it is a possible sure thing when such a powerful device is left in the wrong hands. In knowing that, technology is our new way of life, we’ve become too dependent on it that it would be difficult to do without it. If we’re all plugged in, does that mean we’re all possible victims if something should ever arise? In “The Enigma Stolen,” authors Charles V. Breakfield and Roxanne E. Burkey continue on with the Enigma series by reeling their readers into what’s currently occurring from having misconstrued computer inputs for the supply of natural resources. Speaking of technology, the whole world is still heavily reliant on it as nothing else is handled in a traditional sense. While everyone is too focused on using the technology, there’s a secret organization still working towards their end goal of having complete control over every aspect of the world. For the world to be a constant aligned target for a secret organization that has a supercomputer as their major weapon only brings the R-Group forth once again for this technology takedown. As they’re the best individuals for the job, they’ve put themselves on the front line as sacrifices if need be. The discovery in knowing that not only the Werewolf Clan were originally using the supercomputer to predict the stocks of the future, they also felt the need to take it one step further by figuring out a way to use their new found power as a way to having the world in the palm of their hands. There were many plot twists that would keep the reader intrigued into witnessing how the story unfolds. The R-Group’s best weapon to go head-to-head with the secret organization’s ploy of world dominance is their very own supercomputer, talk about heavy machinery. Watching the members of this group work together goes to show that they are indeed the best of the best to make anything possible, and the world will forever be grateful for all of their hard work and living sacrifices, even the world is oblivious to what’s occurring in front of them. I’m really enjoying this series, as even though most parts have been about world dominance from the secret organization, the experience of reading this has been full of laughter due to the amount of humor thrown in the mix. The R-Group, although some individuals became fallen soldiers, they’re so tough and strong that they can keep their agenda going. This demonstrates that when you have the right individuals grouped together, they automatically create an unstoppable team. The technology space would be looked at differently as a “what if” case because we just never know the true nature of our technology world, or who wants to take advantage to abuse it. This was well-written, I recommend this series and looking forward to continuing this series to find out what happens next.
KerrieIrish More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a really cool thriller that has sci fi, action, and politics, then this is definitely the book that you are going to want to check out. First of all, this is the 5thbook in the series, so you’ll want to start at number one to get the full effect, but even if you don’t, you’re still going to love this. In this book, people are hiring genius assassins to kill the rich, smart, and possibly dangerous. The fact that this is an audiobook just makes it that much better. You feel as if you are listening to a movie, each character has a distinct voice, personality and demeanor. Plus, in this book we get to see some of the backstories of each character. Otto, who is somewhat the main character in this series, knows how to crack any case, which is fun to follow in more ways than one. You can’t have a good thriller without a shocking twist, and this book definitely supplies that. Once you think that you’ve got all the characters nailed down, and know what is going on, BAM the authors explode your mind with something that you won’t see coming! Let me tell you, out of all the sci-fi thrillers I’ve read recently, this one cut me the most. The authors know how to pull you right into the action, and make you feel as if you are living it with the R Group. There is no way that you are going to want to miss this next installment in the series. The only downside to this audiobook is that it can get a little too exciting, so you’ll have to focus on driving or whatever it is that you’re doing while listening, a little bit closer so you don’t cause an accident! Honestly, though, this book really keeps up with the times, it has fresh ideas, but they aren’t super confusing or unrealistic (in the sci-fi setting of course). The flow of the book is easy to follow, and the characters are interesting. I love the plot, the setting is a little creepy but in a good way, and the twist at the end will really get you. I know that you’ll enjoy this book, especially if you are a fan of sci-fi and action-packed thrillers. Heck, even if you don’t think that you are, give this book a shot, with the audio book you’ll get to experience an entirely new dimension of the story. I had a blast reading this, and I know you will too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Enigma Stolen, by Charles V. Breakfield and Roxanne E. Burkey, is the fifth book in their Enigma series. Keeping with the computer and operations themes of past books, this is a technological thriller with a global scope. The whole gang is back again: Peta, Jacob, EZ, Quip, Julie, Juan, ICABOD, and the R-Group. In past books in the series, the stories have felt institutional or hierarchical as they deal with organizations, higher principles, or government structures. The Enigma Stolen feels much more personal, more connected to individuals or substantially smaller units. Just as a warning, be prepared for acronyms while reading. R-Group finds itself grappling with a nefarious group bent on deterministically manipulating the future. Even though this book was published in 2015, there are hints that the Russians are involved, which is a very current predicament. A Polish politician, with a thoroughly pro-Western bent, suspects that he is the target of a coordinated cyber-attack. It is not too long before the group discovers who is behind the attacks -- the Werewolf Clan. This organization is bent on changing the future through the use of computing power to manipulate stock markets and critical elections to suit their purposes. They also plan to carry out character and actual assassinations as well. Besides these new threats, old enemies strike back -- Chairman Chang returns. Old characters from the Enigma series get a bit of story space but sometimes seemed sidelined in favor of the new story elements. Besides the old characters of R-Group, some other new characters are notable. Chief among them is Brayson Morris, who is tall, dark, and handsome. He is the typical ‘everyman’ character and able to blend in to almost any surroundings. He has great depth of character, speaks four languages, begins to develop some romantic feelings, and has a dark side. He has great interactions with other characters and provides the necessary pulse to the action when it begins to ebb and flow. Meanwhile, ICABOD, the Immersive Collaborative Associative Binary Override Deterministic supercomputer, provides a fair portion of the comic relief in the story. It is fascinated and intrigued by humanity, particularly the varieties of humor that are common in relationships. There are other supercomputers, each with their own quirky names. For example, Binary Operations Recalculating Integers Simultaneously (or BORIS) is probably the most interesting among them (remember, there are Russians). The Enigma Stolen is intended for at least young adult audiences, not necessarily because of any content, but in some ways, the technological/mathematical world does not easily lend itself to a particularly young audience. There is some violence, but it is fairly sanitized. The sexual content is fairly mild (PG-13ish) except for a singular instance which is jarringly vile and may be off-putting to some readers. The story has excellent pacing, but for a thriller, the rising action does not provide enough amplitude. The thrilling parts are unfortunately not that thrilling. There is solid character development for those who are featured, along with great side and parallel stories with varying degrees of depth. Overall, a solidly above average read in a solidly above average series.
Dgunner254 More than 1 year ago
Enigma Stolen by Charles V. Breakfield and Roxanne E. Burkey With extensive use of technology, one might wonder if human beings could be feeding the lion that will eventually devour them. The internet is riddled with personal information just sitting there waiting for anyone who might care to scratch a half inch deeper. Information that has been put there willingly and without a second thought about what could happen if it got into the wrong hands. The R-Group does it again. It is an intelligence gathering and security outfit that is scouring the earth for an organization or group of organization hat are using technology to not only benefit their own financial interests but also control the future of the world through stocks. ICABOD is adorable trying to decipher humor. Immersive Collaborative Associative Binary Override Deterministic system becomes an unintended, or perfectly intended, source of humor in this serious story. The ever-expanding maturity of the tech is both scary and delightful. While it can do so many more things, one cannot help but wonder how long it is until it stumbles into dangerous territory of human life. It is a little disconcerting the extent of AI in this story but it is a viable possibility. This story combines some very individually harmless elements which put together are fatal upon a single blow. Unlimited computing power garnered from networking of the world’s supercomputers and bad bad humans. People who have the desire and capability to manipulate all human beings. These mixed in with borderline genius math proficiency could be the cocktail that brings the world to its knees. Can the R-Group make headway in stopping the impending digital loom? How will Julie and Julian’s CATS influence the fight? First and foremost, this book is incredibly well researched. The authors use some very technical words that throw the reader right into the thick of it with geeks and computer freaks. It makes for a very realistic imagination of the tech world. The descriptions are vivid and the writing does not lose momentum for one minute. The same happens but still keeps the reader hooked. One will not get lost among all the tech talk and geek musings. The authors have done a good job of weaving true human conditions into the story. They have put in family ties, values, loyalty, and ethics. These work great to humanize the story. To pull the reader in so they sympathies and empathize when appropriate. These ideals cause surges of a variety of emotions at every twist and turn. With introduction of the Cyber Assassin Technology Services, the narrative opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the series. More and more characters can be introduced this way. He reader can go through the series without being worn out but the monotony of the same old characters. It is a little, and well placed, shake up t the R-Group story. A little romance is good for the soul. Breakfield & Burkey do not disappoint in that area. Some of the relationships are so interesting to witness, it almost makes one want to read a mini-novel spin off. They are endearing and so normal but different in the face of the riveting action and suspense that flows through the pages.
PylesofBooks More than 1 year ago
The fifth entry into the techno-thriller, Enigma series comes another hair-raising adventure from Charles Breakfield and Roxanne Burkey, Enigma Stolen. A secret organization has developed a supercomputer that can predict the future, while a politician believes his campaign is being targeted by a cyberassassin. This candidate enlists the aid of the R-Group, our heroes, for another mission. As the plot thickens and an attack is revealed to be orchestrated by the clandestine Werewolf Clan, which has ties to Nazis, has been using a computer program to predict stock futures and potentially manipulate the future around the world. It will be up to the R-Group to repel the attacks from outside and within their tight-knit group of hackers and techies. Living up to the series legacy yet again, Breakfield and Burkey have given readers a terribly fun and thrilling ride that has all the twists we have come to expect. With the extra conflict of a “mole” in the R-Group along with the regular threats, deepens this novel a bit and with the new development of another hacker group that brings new faces in, will give readers more to chew on as the series progresses. Clearly, the series needed new breath and this was exactly what it needed. The entanglement of these new characters with the old will please fans of the series. And in other ways, it seems that there could be room for possible spin-offs, which should excite some fans of the series. There’s just so much intrigue to this world and the clarity that often is too obscure or convoluted with the tech and hacker lingo is easily unpacked in these books. The excellent characters that Breakfield and Burkey have managed to create is what carries this book, maybe even more so than all the twists and turns in the plot. And considering the romances that fill the book, though most have been established in previous installments help to give us a break from the often tension-filled positions of this thriller. What I personally liked was R-Group’s own super computer, which is nicknamed ICABOD. Anyone who is interested in AI and the concerns of such intelligence would find some fun tech concepts that the authors play with a little, as they always do throughout the series. It will be exciting to see where the Enigma series goes next! Fans of the series will be pleased with this book. Lovers of techno-thrillers do not need to look any further than this series, go grab it today!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite The Enigma Stolen by Charles V Breakfield and Roxanne E Burkey is a superb thriller that will leave readers wowed and utterly entertained. What if man can be accurately defined with the help of technology? What if a group of people can define how others could act or react to situations and determine a future for humanity? A powerful, elusive group is about to play God and control the future of humanity by harnessing technology. Only the R-Group can apprehend this group, but it seems to be weakened from within. Who is the mole and can the R-Group solve its internal issues in time to go after the bad guys? In book five of the intriguing Enigma Series, Charles V Breakfield and Roxanne E Burkey offer great entertainment to readers, displaying a powerful imagination and a very high skill in the art of narration. The Enigma Stolen, just like the other installments in this series, could make for a highly appealing motion picture, with high-tech guys wading through an intricate network of information to find clues that would help them solve problems that threaten the very future of humankind. The writing is accessible and the plot leads readers to unexpected and exciting places. Although a work of fiction, the authors have the knack of making readers feel like part of the plot. They write with an arresting sense of realism. This is another great book in a highly compelling series. A must-read!